BLM to Host Resource Management Plan Meeting on May 19th

The BLM will host a public meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on May 19th at their Sierra Vista office, 4070 S Avenida Saracino, Hereford AZ.  The public is invited to hear and comment on the four alternatives that have been identified for consideration in the updated San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) Resource Management Plan (RMP) that is under development.  For more information, contact the BLM Public Affairs Specialist, Adam Milnor, at (520) 258-7223.

The Friends of the San Pedro River urge you to attend to voice your support for continued preservation of our precious riparian area with its rich wildlife habitat and unique cultural resources.

1st Annual Young Birders Camp – June 12-14

Arizona_Young_Birders_Camp_2015What: Young Birders Camp
When: June 12-14th, 2015
Where: Cave Creek Canyon, Chiricahuas
Fee: $150 per individual
Registration deadline:  March 31st (soon!)

Please feel free to share this announcement with any young birders you may know.

This birding camp is designed to draw together young birders from around the state of Arizona and to provide them with the opportunity to learn about birds, ecology, and conservation in the company of their peers.  The camp is open to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 years and welcomes birders of all skill levels, including novices.

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Training

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Attend upcoming cuckoo training! If you are interested in volunteering for cuckoo surveys, this training is quite valuable. There will be a session in southeast Arizona on June 25 and 26. As you know, the western population of this species of greatest conservation need is proposed for federal listing as threatened. The final decision is pending this fall.

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, BLM, Hereford AZ

  • 25 June 2014:  12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 26 June 2014:  6:00 am – 10:00 am

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Submit BLM volunteer form each year

Volunteers, have you already submitted a BLM Volunteer Service Agreement form?
If you haven’t already completed and signed a volunteer form since October 2013, the Board of Directors of Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR) and our BLM partners would like all volunteers to submit a signed Volunteer Services Agreement annually to FSPR (who will send it on to BLM). To do so, please first read the BLM Risk Management Worksheet prepared by the BLM for FSPR volunteer activities. It is available either as an e-mail attachment or on the website or as a hardcopy which can be found at the BLM/Friends office, at San Pedro House, and at Fairbank Schoolhouse. Next, please read, complete, and sign the enclosed BLM Volunteer Service Agreement form and return it in the enclosed envelope. The volunteer agreement needs to be signed by each volunteer for Friends of the San Pedro River just once a year. It covers volunteer activities described on the form and performed on any lands managed by the BLM Tucson Field Office (TFO). Note that the FSPR Assistance Agreement and the FSPR liability insurance covers additional volunteer activities, including those not on BLM-managed lands.

Water Sentinels need you!


For the past two years the Arizona Water Sentinels, a sub group of the Sierra Club, has been doing Water Quality testing at several sites along the San Pedro River. They are in need of volunteers to continue with this study.

The duties entail going to one or two sites, taking air temperature, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, PH level, conductivity, total dissolved solids, and e-coli measurements. No special skills are required; we will teach you how to use the instruments.
E-mail Jayne Knoche to sign up